Who watches, and why

Stephen Brunt of the Globe and Mail of Toronto:

Sport is part spectacle, part escape, part religion, part communal experience. Without a rooting interest, it doesn’t mean much, and a rooting interest detached from hearth and home and life experience isn’t the same as one with organic roots. The foundation of the business is that people care, that they attach themselves to a city, to a uniform, to a history, and often hang on to it for their entire lives, through championship dynasties and long, long walks in the desert.

There is still appeal and value in that, in immersion in something larger, in simply being part of a crowd in an arena or stadium, caring about the same thing at the same time ...

Was reading for something else, came across this, made me think of here.


Claire Asbury said...

This gets an AMEN, AMEN, and AMEN.

Unknown said...


You've posed the question before: why do we care?

How close does this come to what you had in mind?

MichaelKruse said...

David Brooks the other day: Mass college sports are the emotional hubs at the center of vast networks of analysis, criticism and conversation. They generate loyalties that are less harmful than ethnic loyalties and emotional morality plays that are at once completely meaningless and totally consuming.


MichaelKruse said...

Also this: Big-time college sports are absurd, but we would miss them if they were gone.

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